Symphony Swing |

Symphony Swing

The Devereux Room at the Hotel Colorado is probably still buzzing from Saturday night’s Symphony Swing event where more than 170 people danced, swayed and swung the night away at a dinner dance that benefited the orchestra.

The symphony’s 70-member orchestra played band sounds of the tunes from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s throughout the evening.

Symphony singers, decked out in gowns and tuxedos added extra glamour as they belted out songs by George and Ira Gershwin and Irving Berlin, among others.

The audience also enjoyed watching the couples who took to the dance floor, including Crystal Aschmann, who danced the tango with her partner.

While the symphony has gained a reputation for highlighting the talent of experienced musicians from Aspen to Battlement Mesa, symphony board member Jean Martensen said that an important part of the mission of the symphony is to encourage young people to pursue music.

It also gives them a venue to perform with experienced musicians. The orchestra attracts musicians of all ages as well as students from nine area schools.

The annual black-tie event is an important evening for the symphony, because it helps defray the $20,000 annual cost it takes to run the performances.

The live auction raised $5,300 for the group, some of which will go towards the purchase of large instruments and music.

The next performances are May 13 at the Waldorf School and May 14 at Glenwood Springs High School.

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